1. I have my med/surg final tomorrow...and I have a killer ear ache!! How in the h*ll am I supposed to study with my ear throbbing?!?! I can't just go to urgent care...they are slow and I've tried to study while there before...doesn't work. Ugh!! I have heat on it - that sort of helps...but dang!!! all of a sudden it will just "surge" and HURT like the dickens!!! This sucks...ok enough whining...back to the dang books........let's see...upper GI diseases, lower GI disease....GU, surgeries plus all relevent nursing interventions/rationales....oh joy
  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   delirium
    Just don't study, Shelly. You'll be fine. You probably know all the stuff anyway.

    (See... this is the advice I give.... this is *why* I don't hang out on the student board)
  4. by   NurseShell
    HAHAHAHAHA....well, I'm still here...duh...guess that isn't a good sign huh??

    Is that Jessie??? She's a pretty girl!!!
    Did you try Motrin/ibuprofen? I have ear infections pretty regularly (weird for an adult)..........and the motrin seems to help with the inflammation and pain. Also might think about taking a decongestant to help get the fluid outof there...........like Sudafed or something. Assuming you have no allergies........

    Hope you feel better soon.!!!
  6. by   NurseShell
    no drug allergies...just environmental ones...I have all of the above in my med chest...taking motrin "as we speak" and reheating my "bed buddy" to warm my ear up
  7. by   Beach_RN
    Shelly!!! Ditto to what Rebecca said! Feel better!

  8. by   sphinx
    !just don't wait 2 weeks to get in to see that doc like me, haha!
    seriously, what a pain (literally) at a time like this.
    Don't forget to get some rest in there, good luck on your test, I am *sure* you will do wonderful!
  9. by   NurseShell
    I'm not TOO worried about my grade since I have a solid A at the moment (someting like 96% depending upon my project grade - which I'll get tomorrow) BUT...I'll feel bad if I dont' study at least a little bit

    Thanks guys!!
  10. by   Mkue
    Ditto to what ShellybellyRn said, a decongestant and Motrin really does help.

    Good Luck on the Final.
  11. by   Lausana
    Aw man Shelly! I like Rebecca's advice (you crazy rebel you) rest up today, so you'll be ready for tomorrow!

    Or tie a heating pad to your head and study the major stuff! ...hehe I just like that mental image

    Sending good vibes your way! :kiss
  12. by   NurseShell
    Originally posted by Lausana

    Or tie a heating pad to your head and study the major stuff! ...hehe I just like that mental image

    Sending good vibes your way! :kiss
    The sick thing is...I'm alternating between tilting my head to that side to keep contact with heat and holding it there...using something to tie it in place sounds appealing right now!!
    What's up with all the sickos around here??? 2 people here with ear aches. You know that kind of crap runs in 3's, and I also get them very easily. You're jinxing me by just mentioning it here!

    If it's just pain caused from sinus fluid build up, then the Sudafed and Motrin will work wonders. But if it's an actual infection, you'll need antibiotics. They only get worse and the eardrum only swells until there's no more room for it. My son had a few small perforations from the last one. Just like with appendicitis, he was wailing one minute, and then all of a sudden he said "Mommy, it feel better suddenly!"

    Anyhoo, I STILL get them, and they suck! I'd rather give birth than have an ear ache. My labors last less time than any ear ache I've ever had anyways!

    Take care of your eardrum!

  14. by   NurseShell
    I don't "feel congested" but I know how that goes...the motrin hasn't had time to fully kick in yet...the heat helps...when I put down the "bed buddy" (you know what that is right?? basically a sock filled with white rice, heated in the mircrowave) it starts to ache within a couple minutes...

    Of course laughing out loud at some of my classmates "study sheets" isn't helping...(part of our project was to put a one-page study sheet on our topic together) ex: Diverticulitis is diverticular disease of the colon - DUH george!!
    Or how about Nursing intervention = x and the RATIONAL = Y HEE HEE HEE I didn't know you had to be rational to do this job!!! oh no!

    dangit! had to put the heat down to type...I'm thinking UC after this test tomorrow...then I can sit and wait without guilt or stress (so much for the pedicure I had planned)